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The moderating role of entrepreneurship education on the antecedents of entrepreneurial intention

Montserrat Entrialgo () and Víctor Iglesias ()
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Montserrat Entrialgo: University of Oviedo
Víctor Iglesias: University of Oviedo

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2016, vol. 12, issue 4, No 12, 1209-1232

Abstract: Abstract A considerable agreement exists about the importance of promoting entrepreneurship to stimulate economic development. In particular, recent research has paid considerable attention to the role of entrepreneurship education in explaining entrepreneurship intentions; also, numerous studies have found empirical evidence for subjective norms affecting the attitude toward entrepreneurial behavior and the perceived control over that behavior. However, cognitive models have not yet considered the moderating role of entrepreneurship education on these relationships. Drawing on the theory of planned behavior, we analyze how the interaction between entrepreneurship education and subjective norms shapes the perceptions and attitudes toward entrepreneurship. To this end, structural equation modeling is applied to data from a sample of 338 final-year undergraduates using multi sample analysis. Results show that entrepreneurship education has a significant moderating role, mitigating the relationship between subjective norms and perceived behavioral control, and strengthening the relationship between subjective norms and entrepreneurial attitudes. Results also have relevant implications for women’s entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial intention; Entrepreneurship education; Subjective Norms; Gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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